Travelling around within Dubai
Dubai is a bustling city with busy streets and the expansive Dubai Creek to navigate. It’s not a town built for walking although getting around Dubai is just as easy, with plenty of options for visitors to get where they need to go.
Travelling down or simply hopping across Dubai Creek presents you with a number of options. For an experience reminiscent of Dubai’s past, you could take a trip on one of the wooden boats known as abras, either down the Creek or through Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Dhow boats are another option. These vessels are much larger, traditionally used for sailing, and even offer dinner cruises. Then you have the modern Dubai Ferry. Starting at just AED15, visitors can take a tour across the city’s key water links starting from Business Bay to the Marina via Dubai Canal. Water taxis are also available, and if you’re in the mood for luxury, you may want to see the Dubai skyline and landmarks from off the coast, which would make a yacht rental the perfect choice.
Modern, well-maintained roads and affordable petrol make car rental a viable option in Dubai. To do so you’ll need an international driver’s licence, passport, credit card and third-party insurance. Once you’re on the open road, the surrounding attractions are yours to explore. Another fun thing to do in Dubai is cruise around the city in a car that turns heads. Luxury car hire is available for those wanting a truly Dubai-esque experience. Keep in mind that there are several factors you’ll need to make yourself aware of if you plan on renting a car in Dubai. Can you take the car out of the UAE? In most cases the answer will be no, so no day-tripping to Oman. The minimum age limit for driving in Dubai is 25 years, and if you require additional equipment in the car, such as a GPS, this will commonly be an additional expense. Car hire is a fantastic option, just make sure you’re aware of all the requirements and regulations.
Dubai’s metro is a world-class, fully-automated, driverless railway system and has been the city’s primary means of public transport ever since it opened in 2009. Much of the network is above ground, affording you spectacular views while you travel to city landmarks. Two lines – red and green – service nearly 50 stations, all of which are air-conditioned, comfortable and equipped with steady Wi-Fi. Prepaid “Nol” cards can be used for travel on buses, trams and taxis. The Dubai tram is another way to get around Dubai. The Dubai Tram runs from Al Sufouh to Jumeirah Beach Residences in 42 minutes. Running on the Nol card, the tram provides access to destinations like Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers and more.
Dubai’s taxis are generally comfortable and safe, and always metered. They are available to hail nearly everywhere just about any time, day or night, or you may also wish to schedule a pick-up and phone in a booking. If you see taxis with pink roofs, these are only driven by women and intended for women travellers and family only. Taxi fares are standard across all companies, so hop in the first one you can – competition can be fierce. Travel tip: Make sure you have enough cash in the local currency, the dirham, to cover your trip just in case your driver does not accept credit cards.
Yes! Feeling extravagant? Book yourself an Uber chopper for a bird’s-eye commute.